Dating With A Disability: Up Close & Personal

The show Dating with A Disability: Up Close & Personal provides candid insight on what 5 women with varying disabilities go through while dating.  They shared their experiences, desires and fears.  Get to know more about them below.



Twila is a business owner and athlete.  Website:



Hello  my name is Renee Wilcox. I have been in a wheelchair for 17 years. Within this time, I have owned my own business, earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, and I just received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I am currently looking for a job, but when the company hears that I am in a wheelchair, I am not hired even though I am qualified.  I am very interested in politics and the stock market.  Before I got sick in 2000, I was Jr. Trader so you can see my interest in the stock market. I have a 27 year old daughter who I raised up well. She is a nurse who is able to take care of herself, and does not need a man to take care of her.



Judith Wilson Burkes is a nonprofit founder, author/blogger, radio show host, community disability advocate and business owner.

Growing up in New York City, she developed a passion for the arts and all creativity.  After attending an art high school without the support of her family, Judith tried to work for corporate America. She worked for various industries, usually finding a way to bring her love of creativity to the job until her health made her leave the workforce in her mid-30s.  Joy didn’t come from relationships either.  Two marriages ended in divorce, leaving her to raise two sons on the autism spectrum virtually by herself.  Despite her own health issues, Judith continued to work at home.  First, with her own graphic design company, and then virtually for technology-driven companies.

Moving from NY to MD, and now making Charlotte, NC her home, Judith formed her own nonprofit, Foodie4Access, to break down barriers faced by people and families touched by disability. Meeting the founder of a local singles organization, Judith quickly saw the value of The Single, Saved and Serious Movement to do for Christian single people what she was driven to do for people with disabilities.

Today, as President of The Single, Saved and Serious Movement and founder of Foodie4AccssCLT, she hopes to foster a sense of community among people who want to expand their social and entertainment horizons.

Facebook: #judielise #foodie4access #sssmoves #celebratec

Twitter: @judielise, @sss_movement, @foodie4access





My name is Desira Barringer, and I was born with cerebral palsy.  I am wheelchair bound.  I have dreams and goals in my life, and want to be a business owner.  Building positive relationships is hard but I work on it everyday.  Yes, dealing with a disability can be hard but I push through it.  Look me up on social media. Desira Barringer on Facebook

I’m Melissa Soriano, and I’m 34.  I’m originally from Southern California. I love the beach and warm weather….give me that any day, and I’m one happy chick. I love makeup and that’s what my business is all about……Uplifitng, Empowering, and Validating women by making them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.

FB & IG: Makeup Madness with Melissa; Snapchat: calihoneybee



My name is Summer McCrary, and I am 22 years old. I was born on Thursday, February 24, 1994.  I was born with Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and it affects my whole entire body differently every single day!

Unfortunately, I’ve been single for my whole life, and I really hope that’s about to change this year!  I really do want my first relationship to be with a very nice young man who is very intelligent, strong physically and mentally, and also very hot and sexy too!
My social media handles are as follows:
Facebook: Summer Kirsten Noelle McCrary
Twitter: @Summer_K_Noelle1
Instagram: Summer_K_Noelle
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